Session III

Tuesday, July 1–Thursday, July 31, 2014

Unless otherwise indicated, Session II and III courses are taught at the graduate level in English, using texts in the original, although translations are generally available. Each course earns 3 credits. Session II and III courses meet three days every week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), except for holidays.

All Session III courses are open to participants in the Summer Learners Program.

BIB/JGW 5460: The Fugitive Hero Pattern: The DNA of Biblical Narrative
Edward Greenstein, 1:30–3:20 p.m.

We shall take both a global and a local look at the major narratives of the Bible (primarily Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and David) with regard to a story pattern that is known from virtually all the major cultures of the ancient Near East-the pattern of the fugitive hero: usually a younger son who must leave home but, with divine assistance, returns to a position of leadership and/or prestige. Through gender analysis and examining the ways that each biblical narrative both adheres to and deviates from the shared pattern, we will gain new insight into the meanings and functions of each narrative. 

MJS/JTH 5155: Multiple Jewish Modernities
Zach Mann, 3:30–5:20 p.m.

We will examine some of the major intellectuals and authors of modern times, from the radical free thought of Baruch Spinoza to the modern folk literature of Sholem Aleichem, and many others in between. Students will come to appreciate the sheer variety of Jewish intellectual expression in modernity and be better equipped to think about the question "Are the Jews a people or is Judaism a religion?"

LIT/JGW/JWS 5560: Reflections of Eve
Anne Lerner, 5:30–7:20 p.m.

It would be hard to overestimate the impact the biblical stories of Eve have on the way we think about women and men and their roles in society, culture, and religion. These texts have helped shape the way in which we consider gender and gender roles, good and evil, God and humanity. This course will trace some of the varied reflections and refractions of this story, from the biblical period to the present. While the emphasis is on Jewish materials, there will be a session on Christian sources as well. As a seminar, this course will be a collaborative effort on the part of all participants.  

EDU 5640D: The Arts and Exegesis: Incorporating the Arts in Education
Ofra Backenroth, Online/Distance Learning

The arts are a powerful tool for motivating students to apply their knowledge, work cooperatively, and make connections across content areas. Arts integration into the Judaic curriculum can become a natural way of teaching and learning in the classroom. As a teaching methodology, learning with and through the arts encourages imaginative, metaphoric, and creative thinking, as well as cultural awareness. The arts give students of all ages the freedom to learn, express, and explore subject matter through various learning styles. During the semester we will ask many questions: What are the relationships between the arts and exegesis? What might be the benefits of teaching the arts? What do we mean when say teaching through the arts? What is the difference between the two? What might be explored through the arts? How do we look at the arts, and what can we learn from the arts? 

MDS 5102D: Classics of the Jewish Tradition
Tamar Marvin, Online/Distance Learning

This online learning course focuses on the classics of the medieval and modern age, considering the social, religious, and historical significance of each work against the background of the period in which it was written. For students in The Graduate School, this course may be taken only to fulfill a prerequisite requirement.